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Homeschooling in the popular culture

Sunday night, the children and I sat down to watch a movie on Hulu since we have no television (and no real interest in football, anyway.)  On the lineup?  Princess, because I’ve had about all the Flipper and Fudge I can take.  The plot doesn’t really matter.  Suffice it to say, she doesn’t get out much, having spent almost her…

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A little homeschool-style socialization

Seated around our table with five of her friends, Mouse celebrated her eleventh birthday. One is two years younger than she. One is three years older. The other three are her age. All five are Christian. Only three attend our church. Three are homeschooled. Two attend public school. One lives down the street. Four live thirty minutes or more away.…

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On socialization and learning where we fit in the world

Hey, did you know we’re Mexican? says the little girl at craft table at the library.  She couldn’t have been older than six.  Her little friend across from her dropped her scissors, mouth agape. Don’t you call me that! She was clearly insulted and the table fell silent, all eyes on the offender.  She averted her eyes, but there was…

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Discussing diversity with the homeschooled child

Catholic Dads recently asked how other homeschool families discuss homeschooling with family, friends and paticularly with the homeschooled children.  Particularly the questions of children seem to draw out uncertainties.  After all, we have so much power to frame the entire discussion and insert our views into our children.  Catholic Dad’s questions echo my own thoughts as I attempt to answer…

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Homeschooling, socialization and my daughter

As a homeschooler, I spend a bit of time thinking about “the S word,” the socialization question.  What socialization is, what people really mean when they ask about it and whether schools really have anything to do with socialization in the first place.  As a homeschooler, I have all sorts of arguments and defenses for homeschooling. As a mother, well,…

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Weird, unsocialized homeschooler

Ki o tsuke! Calls sensei, and twenty children snap to attention, facing the front and awaiting instruction.  All but one young man:  my son.  He is standing at the end, facing the wrong direction, his gi practically falling off and swinging his belt as if it were a lasso.  There is a long pause as it becomes obvious that he…

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Structure and learning in the homeschool environment

I have been thinking a lot about this recently as I prepare to include my son in more formal learning. My daughter thrives on being given as much independence as possible. My son thrives on structure. I am trying to find some sense of balance, a happy medium. Then I found this question (spelling in the original): The formality and…

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